Coal Chamber/Type O Negative Tour Lined Up

Coal Chamber frontman Dez Fafara is going stir crazy.

The singer has been parked at home for all of a month and a half, which may not seem like much to you, but for a road-hungry musician, it's an eternity.

"I'm going crazy here," Fafara told MTV News this week. He's been filling his time with various non-Coal Chamber projects (including his plans to launch a clothing line), but more than anything he's pacing the cage and waiting to hit the road for a co-headlining tour with Type O Negative next month.

"I can't wait," Fafara said of the upcoming tour, which gets rolling on February 15 and sees the return of Coal Chamber bassist Rayna Foss Rose from maternity leave. The "Road Rage" tour kicks off in Rose's hometown of Atlanta (where she lives with her husband, Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose), and will mark the bass player's first dates with Coal Chamber since the release of that band's "Chamber Music" album in September.

"It's almost like we're just

starting to tour," Fafara said of the impending outing, which will see Full Devil Jacket opening up. After a quickly aborted tour with the Insane Clown Posse, the band grabbed Slipknot, Machine Head, AMEN and interim bassist Nadja Puelen to stage its "Livin' La Vida Loco" tour last fall. The trek simply helped to whet Coal Chamber's appetite for the road, and Fafara is optimistic that Type O Negative's "more subdued, dark crowd" will be a good fit for Coal Chamber and will allow his band to pull out some new tricks.

"Touring with Type O is going to enable us to do other songs that we might not have been able to play while touring with a more aggressive hard rock band," Fafara said. "We might pull out 'My Mercy' or 'Anything But You,' more melodic stuff. We want to venture out and expand our audience."

Fafara is also stoked for the tour for the simple reason that "We all get along so well… Peter's got the best sense of humor. You'll be sitting in the dressing room talking

to someone and all of the sudden a banana will fly past your head. And he's another great unsung vocalist."

For Coal Chamber, the timing of the Type O outing couldn't be better either. The tour comes in the wake of the recent news that the band's 1997 self-titled debut album went gold, a development that Fafara called a "really big high point" for the band.

If you want to catch Coal Chamber on the road with Type O Negative, here's where to look:

  • 2/15 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
  • 2/16 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy
  • 2/29 - Toledo, OH @ Sports Arena
  • 3/1 - Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
  • 3/3 - Toronto, Ont @ Warehouse
  • 3/4 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
  • 3/7 - Lewiston, ME @ Central Main Civic Center
  • 3/9 - Boston, MA @ Avalon
  • 3/10 - Boston, MA @ Avalon
  • 3/12 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
  • 3/14 - New York, NY @ Roseland
  • 3/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
  • 3/18 - Scranton, PA @ Cultural Arts Center
  • 3/19 -

    Washington, DC @ Nation

  • 3/21 - Norfolk, VA @ Boathouse
  • 3/26 - Miami, FL @ Sunrise Theatre
  • 3/31 - Houston, TX @ Aerial Theatre
  • 4/4 - Dallas, TX @ Bronco Bowl
  • 4/12 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre

-- Robert Mancini

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